Are your parents okay with live-ins?

Inspite of all the laws that have been passed by the court, live-in is much frowned upon in India still. What is your opinion about it? Is it good/bad/ugly to live-in with your partner? And what about keeping your parents in the know?

15 replies
Mithun Mukherjee
June 7, 2017


  1. Um…ok, valid point. I think the choice of walking away from a poisonous relationship exists in both marriage and outside of it, but people find it difficult to exercise it in the former. That said, I don’t think it takes away from the practicality of it, purely because it lets you see your partner in a more personal light and decide if this person is going to be the one you choose to spend the rest of your life with.

  2. I think this is a very interesting insight – both practical and sensible. I hope that more and more people think like you and make the society a more live-in friendly place. πŸ™‚

  3. Well put vivek. But I think, that that mindset is slowly changing. It will take time. Right now its big cities, but is slowly seeping into the smaller setup too. And it is perhaps people like us, kids from small cities who made it big in a metro, who will usher in that change.

  4. I would like to differ here Tina. I think the times are changing, which is why we are now having this discussion. I can speak for myself, and I am pretty sure I would let my children be in a live-in. Also, “security”, as you put it, is always a state-of-mind. It will exist or won’t, in ANY relationship, with or without institutional boundaries. Both, I think, are exclusive of each other.

  5. True. Precisely my point. But just to be the devil’s advocate here, don’t you think that live-ins might become the reason for animosity between partners? After all, they do say ‘familiarity breeds contempt’. πŸ™‚
    Would like you to hear you on this.

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